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Locals React to Syrian Crisis; Impacts in Augusta

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As the situation in Syria intensifies, many local families are paying close attention.

Locally, we only have a small number of families from Syria.

But the questions and concerns they have are quite huge.

Social media and the Internet is playing a huge role when it comes to the crisis in Syria.

And for many local families, it's the only way to grasp the devastation from back home.  

For the last 6 months, GRU student Imam Adonis has called Augusta home.

But Imam spent most of his life growing up in Syria.

"It's like you are living in a big prison. It's been going on for about 40 years. But in the past 2 years, it's gotten way worse," said Adonis Imam.

As Syria's political landscape changes, Imam and many others rely on the Internet to keep in touch with relatives.

"I have family there and we worry about them a lot. It's very difficult – it's indescribable. Living there is a nightmare," said Imam.

Just last week, UN experts say a chemical attack killed hundreds in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

"They basically killed 1,600 people. 60% of them were women and children," said Imam.

Imam says people fear bullets, bombs, and government informants.

"They want to silence anyone – they have no limits. They won't tell you to be quiet but will cut your tongue out," said Imam.

Imam and others hope a Democratic government will topple the 40-year old regime.

"People started to protest and the regime has showed its claws and cruelty"

Professors at GRU say the situation in Syria can also impact your wallet as the crisis escalates.

They say anytime you have uncertainty in the Middle East, you have volatility in the stock market and it could also increase gas prices locally.

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